Women's Soccer Clinches Ivy Title Share, Beats Cornell 5-1
With a 5-1 win at Cornell Saturday evening, the Princeton women's soccer team clinched at least a share their seventh Ivy League championship overall, sixth under head coach Julie Shackford and first since 2008.
The win improves Princeton to 12-3-1 overall, 6-0 in the Ivy League and on a 10-match win streak. Cornell fell to 1-13-1 overall and 0-5-1 in the league. Princeton has now won 17 in a row against the Big Red and lead the all-time series 22-7-4.
Lynessa McGee started the scoring for the Tigers in the 13th minute, heading in a Rachel Sheehy corner kick. Princeton got two more in quick succession before the break, with Jessica Haley scoring in the 29th minute and Lauren Lazo in the 31st minute.
Sophomores Haley and Lazo each made it a two-goal game for themselves, Haley scoring on a free kick in the 53rd minute and Lazo doing so in the 55th. Cornell got itself on the board in the 72nd minute, spoiling the shutout bid.
• Princeton has clinched a share of the Ivy League title with 18 standings points, the most any other team could reach. Penn won Saturday to stay three points back of Princeton, and Dartmouth could do the same Sunday with a win over Harvard.
• With three teams still alive, the scenarios are varied for which team will get the Ivy League automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. If Princeton beats Penn next week, it's into the NCAA tournament. If Penn wins and Dartmouth doesn't win its last two games, Penn will go. The outcome of a three-team tie is still to be determined.
• Haley, who led the Ivy League in assists with seven, notched her first goals of the season in the win. It was also her first career two-goal game. Lazo had her second career two-goal game after scoring twice against Dartmouth earlier this season.
• Though Jen Hoy's 17-goal season total jumps off the stat sheet, Princeton improved to 5-1 in games in which Hoy does not score. The Tigers have won the last four such games.
• Princeton's 10-match winning streak equals its third-longest streak in program history, even with 10 straight in 2004 and behind only the 12 straight Princeton won in 2002 and the 14 straight it won in 1980, the program's first varsity season.